22 June - 10 October 210. This exhibition examines the artistic techniques used in Renaissance Florence during the 15th century.
Quattrocento Florentine portraits feature seated models, in profile, with their hands in their lap. One of the most significant portraits in the exhibition was painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio between 1489 and 1490. Although exquisitely painted it is tinged with sadness, as the sitter Giovanna Tornabuoni had died in childbirth.
Commissioned by her husband, the portrait was designed as a memorial to her life and to her beauty. Amongst the other 60 works are paintings and drawings by Botticelli, Pollaiolo, Verrocchio, Filippo and Filippino Lippi.
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Domenico Ghirlandaio: Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni
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